Yesterday was Ethan’s last day of Kindergarten. He is my last child, and that means it’s the last time I will go through the whirlwind of emotions that is the first day of Kindergarten, the last of the forced naptimes, and the last Kindergarten graduation.
It’s funny, this Kindergarten graduation phenomenon. Laurel went through it and I don’t remember that it was a big deal for her, but Ethan was up early for his.
It was the first time he wore a big-boy tie.
He refused to do any of the choreography when the kids sang at the program.
He dutifully received his medal for completing Kindergarten and very seriously shook his principal’s hand while receiving his “diploma.”
Then the real fun began. Pizza and Field Day! Ethan is very physically active (boy howdy, IS he), so he was the class clincher for the runs. The only problem is that he doesn’t usually run in grass, so he was a little freaked out and didn’t do so hot in his first event. However, in the 4×200 he was the last one to run and closed the gap the other kids had left for him LIKE A CHAMP. He’s also very strong, so he was the anchor in the tug of war match and led his class to a 3-1 record for the day. That one loss? His teacher didn’t expect them to win because the anchor on the other end was more or less a Kindergarten linebacker.
By the end of the day, I had a sunburn and was hot and had a headache, but I couldn’t have been happier for Ethan. I had a rare glimpse into his life when he is not at home and I was pleased by what I saw. He was having so much fun, he was so comfortable, he has so many friends (including the ladies).
Ethan bellyached all year about how he wanted to go to parent pick-up at dismissal because they got out of class earlier. I told him our taxes pay for the fuel for that bus and so he will RIDE THAT BUS so I don’t have to fire up the truck and use our fuel to come get him. I also pointed out that the parent pick-up kids got home all of 5-10 minutes before he did because I passed them every day walking to the bus stop.
But when the opportunity arose after Field Day for me to take him home 30 minutes before dismissal, he chose instead to stay with his friends and ride home on the bus. I’m not sad. It means he has made some very good friends in Kindergarten.